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Sep 26, 2010 9:00am EDT
. joining me from chicago, the majority whip in the u.s. senate, senator dick durbin. thank you so much for joining us, senator, from the beautiful city of chicago i should add. >> it's great to be with you, candy. thank you. >> the man that you see now out talking at these town hall meetings and to these crowds is, that the same person you saw connecting with voters during the campaign? >> well, it is. with the same talents and the same values and the same determination. you know, there were dark days in that presidential campaign. i remember them. i was with then-senator barack obama. and this man has a determination and an energy that comes into play if those moments. and you're seeing it now. candy, one of the key polls that we watch is the generic congressional race. do you prefer a democratic congress or a republican congress? in an offyear election it should be pretty strong on the republican side. but did you notice what happened in the gallup poll in the first 19 days of september? when the president was out working hard as our candidates are working hard, the republicans enjoy
CNN
Sep 26, 2010 12:00pm EDT
of change that i voted for. >> we have felt like a pi√Ďata. maybe you don't feel like you're whacking us with a stick, but we certainly feel like we've been whacked with a stick. >> i was really inspired by you and your campaign and the message you brought and that inspiration is dying away. it feels like the american dream is not attainable. >> as the president and his party battle the political headwinds, republicans tried to shake off the bush years. this week, the gop house hierarchy unveiled a pledge to america, a glossy 21-page manifesto of what the public agenda would look like if republicans returned to the helm. in politics where perception can mold reality, democrats are flooding the zone with private pollings showing dozens of difficult races still within their reach. it is not over yet. >>> today, 37 days to the election. >> many of these races are going to get a lot closer and it's going to be a late night. >> we are joined by the senate's number two democrat, dick durbin, and one of the senate's two independents, joe lieberman. then -- >> we will return to the principles th
CNN
Sep 19, 2010 9:00am EDT
. at least 29 people died. another 110 wounded. i want to thank you, as always, for being with us here on this cnn sunday morning. now time for me to hand it over to candy crowley and "state of the union." >>> the last acts of the primary season ended with an explosion in delaware's republican senate race. >> oh, my gosh. >> christine o'donnell, the favorite of tea party activists beat establishment candidate, congressman mike castle. and the decision by alaska senator lisa murkowski to fight back against the tea party candidate who won the primary. inside the republican party, the chatter of civil war. among democrats, the feeling that there's an opportunity here. >>> today, democrats look for an opening in the republican party divide. exclusive interviews with alaska senator lisa murkowski and tim kaine, chairman of the democratic national committee. >> they're chasing after moderate candidates and hence they're moderate voters. >>> also this morning, tea party kingmaker, senator jim demint. >> they're madder at the democrats than they are at the republicans right now. >>> i'm candy
CNN
Sep 19, 2010 12:00pm EDT
, governor -- thank you, mr. chairman, for joining us. i want to start out talking about health care reform. you think democrats should be out there bragging about it. so what do you make of the democrats who are putting out those ads, bragging that they voted against it? >> well, candy, i travel all over the country. i guess i've been in about 42 states. and most democrats i see on the trail are very proud of the accomplishment and they're talking about it. but you're right, some, particularly house members in districts that, you know, can often get gerrymandered and become tough districts are distancing themselves from the health care bill. i don't tell people how to run their races, but i've been on a ballot seven times and won seven races, and in my experience, you ought to be proud of what you're doing and promote the accomplishments. now, obviously, folks who voted against health care, they're going to talk about why. but i think for the democratic party, generally, this significant achievement for the uninsured, for people who have been abused by insurance company policies, for small
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